New extended Christmas trading hours throughout metropolitan Adelaide will give families more time to prepare for Christmas while providing a welcome boost for the retail and hospitality sectors.
“With shops able to open early and close late in the weeks leading into Christmas, South Australians will have more time to do their Christmas shopping and catch up with family and friends,” Minister Wortley said.
“Rundle Mall is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of holiday shoppers throughout the Christmas period including Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when shops are open from 11am to 5pm.”
Minister Wortley said South Australians have embraced the Government’s shop trading reforms with more than 200,000 people visiting to Rundle Mall over the past three public holidays.
He said businesses will also benefit from reductions in red tape and the removal of longstanding and prohibitive regulations as part of the reform process. This includes streamlining the exemption provisions so businesses can plan their Christmas marketing campaigns with greater certainty.
“People will recall that the peak South Australian business group, Business SA, along with the SDA retail union, approached the Government with a well thought out deal to end the deadlock on trading.
“The Government agreed with the principles of the deal, acknowledging the goodwill and effort by the parties in brokering the agreement, and we adopted the changes.”
The creation of two half day public between 7pm and midnight on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve provides low paid workers with certainty they had been calling for at this important time of the year.
While the majority of hospitality staff working at these times are casual employees, and are currently unaffected, full-time and part-time workers in this and other industries will for the first time have the option of working or not.
Minister Wortley said the Liberal’s opposition to shop trading reforms was startling.
“Given the Liberal’s trenchant opposition to these reforms, they appear content to see the Mall and other precincts closed over the Festive Season, perplexing tourists, depriving the retailer sector and leaving South Australians with an archaic trading regime,” Minister Wortley said.
“These reforms say to the rest of the country, to the people we rely on to support tourism and other industries, that Adelaide is open for business.
“That we have on offer a friendly, vibrant, functional city where people can shop, socialise, wine and dine and be entertained.”
City stores open from 11am to 5pm on 26 December and 1 January. Suburban retailers can open at 9am on Sunday, 9, 16 and 23 December.
All stores can open until midnight on Thursday, 13 and 20 December and Friday, 21 December.